Professor Abdu Adem received his PhD in Pharmacology from Uppsala University 1987. Following a postdoctoral training at the Institute Pasteur (Paris, France), CNRS (Nogent-SurMarne, France), and Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden), Prof. Adem accepted a postdoctoral position at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institute, Sweden in 1988. In 1991, while still at the Karolinska Institute, he received his Docent title (Habilitation, Assistant Professorship) and in 1994 he became an Associate Professor. In 1999 he was recruited from the Karolinska Institute (top 10 Medical School in the world) to join the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) at United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
Prof. Adem has received several research awards from UAEU as well as from Sheikh Hamdan Award for Medical Sciences. He was nominated for the Mohamed Bin Rashid Medal of Scientific Distinguishment and was shortlisted by the American Academy of Sciences as one of the top scientists in the UAE. He was awarded a long-term visa by the Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid. Prof. Adem has been granted the UAEU Excellence Award for Excellence in Scholarship for the 2018/2019 academic year.